billy woods - Known Unknowns
Known Unknowns is billy woods’ new album, a follow-up to 2013’s Blockhead collaboration Dour Candy. Blockhead is still behind the boards here but there are also a couple beats from his longtime collaborator Aesop Rock. But the center of the whirlwind is still woods, who re-emerges from a two-year hiatus after releasing the avant-garde Today, I Wrote Nothing in early 2015. Known Unknowns finds the artist on more melodic ground, but still his esoteric, acerbic self, spinning verses equal parts joy and terror, wry wit and blind rage. There are guest appearances from ELUCID (Armand Hammer), as well as Aesop Rock, Homeboy Sandman, Googie, singer Barrie McLain and DJ Mo Niklz. Since Dour Candy, Blockhead has worked with Aesop, Sandman and MarQ Spekt but Known Unknowns shows that he and woods have developed their own unique chemistry.
All lyrics written and performed by F. Porter for The Happiest Africans (SESAC), except where otherwise noted* All songs produced by Blockhead except “Bush League” and “Cheap Shoes” produced by Aesop Rock, and “Groundhogs Day” which was co-produced by billy woods. All woods vocals recorded by Willie Green @ The Greenhouse Co. except Tupac Jackets which was recorded by Headtrip at Karma Kids Studios, Karmastoria, NY and Nomento which was recorded by ELUCID in ENY All songs mixed and mastered by Willie Green @ The Greenhouse Co. Assistant Engineer: Cedric Wilson All cuts by DJ Mo Niklz LP/Digital Artwork: Shane Ingersoll CD artwork: Ethan Hamilton
- Strawman chorus written by Googie & performed by Barrie McLain & Googie ELUCID lyrics by C. Hall for Facemelt Music (BMI)